Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks and then that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals although doug, I like the Irish. Apart from the place do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a convincing win, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to real soccer, in which the matches rely and so will our records on this one.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win matches and worked wonders. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. Yet this is a big moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The protection, well, that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to get some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the identical wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and fully pumped final year.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new attitude and this being a federal match, Satterfield will sell his team on creating a statement. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally awkward coach like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then lets see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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